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The Best Plays in London | reviews, news & interviews

The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

From Angels in America to Harry Potter: theartsdesk's stage tips

Andrew Scott as Hamlet: new truths in old words at the Harold Pinter Theatre© Manuel Harlan

London is the theatre capital of the world, with more than 50 playhouses offering theatrical entertainment. From the mighty National Theatre to the West End, the small powerhouses of the Donmar Warehouse and the Almeida and out to the fringe theatres, it's hard to know which to turn. Our guide is here to help you sort the wheat from the chaff. Below is our selection of the best plays on in London right now, with links to our reviews for further elucidation.

Against, Almeida Theatre Ben Whishaw is a modern-day Jesus in Christopher Shinn's baggy but brilliant drama about God and violenc. Until 30 Sept

Apologia, Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ Stockard Channing shines bright as a 1960s radical in family drama. Until 18 Nov

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Apollo Theatre ★★★★ Sienna Miller lets rip as starry cast lays bare body and soul. Until 7 Oct

Hamlet, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★ Robert Icke finds new truths in old words in this captivating production starring Andrew Scott. Until 2 Sept

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre ★★★★★ The continuing story of JK Rowling's witches and wizards works its magic onstage. Booking until 22 Jul 2018

Mosquitoes, National Theatre ★★★ Olivias Colman and Williams dazzle amid dramatic excess of Lucy Kirkwood's new play. Until 28 Sept

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's Globe ★★★★ Swaggering Shakespeare with a comic Spanish accent. Until 15 Oct

Road, Royal Court ★★★★  John Tiffany leads Jim Cartwright's debut play towards the sublime. Until 9 Sept

The Ferryman, Gielgud Theatre ★★★★ Jez Butterworth’s new epic is a breathtaking triumph of storytelling. Until 6 Jan 2018

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